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Mosby and his Rangers

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Artist:
David Bendann, 1841 - 1915
Daniel Bendann, 1835 - 1914
Sitter:
John Singleton Mosby, 6 Dec 1833 - 30 May 1916
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 23.2 x 31.5 cm (9 1/8 x 12 3/8")
Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1865
Topic:
Interior\Studio
John Singleton Mosby: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
John Singleton Mosby: Literature\Writer
John Singleton Mosby: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Confederate
John Singleton Mosby: Business and Industry\Businessman\Real Estate Agent
John Singleton Mosby: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Consul\US Consul
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.83.213
Exhibition Label:
Colonel John S. Mosby was the commander of the Forty-third Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, more commonly known as Mosby’s Rangers. At its peak the command numbered about 400 troopers, but routinely it operated behind enemy lines in bands of 20 to 150 men, mostly at night. Raids were designed to destroy enemy supply trains, disrupt communication lines, and isolate federal troops from their base commands. Mosby’s “Confederacy” was centered in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, where most of the raiders lived. Armed principally with Colt revolvers, the rangers were so effective in their hit-and-run tactics in 1863–64 that the aura of fear they created was itself a weapon. This photograph of Mosby with a cadre of rangers is believed to have been taken in Baltimore, Maryland, after the war.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

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